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PrideWorks Program - November 16th, 2012

 

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Beyond Bisexuality: Living Between the Labels

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This workshop will explore how every individual's experience of their own sexuality is unique, regardless of their claimed label. Sexuality is fluid, especially when it goes beyond the binary of "gay" and "straight" labels. The way a person experiences it may change over time and with monogamy which may make labels confusing and ultimately unnecessary. Participants will learn not to interpret labels as literal, learn not to make assumptions about people's identity based on observed behavior and develop a greater understanding of human sexuality and what is involved in experiencing a sexuality that falls between labels.

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Kathleen Harrison

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Emmanuel College

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Kathleen is a senior at Emmanuel College in Boston. She is a psychology major with a minor in gender studies. She does research involving friendships, mental health, and societal stigmas in the LGBT community.

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Cameron Duplessis

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@ snet.net

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Cameron Duplessis is a former student at the University of Connecticut with an active interest in defying traditional sexual definitions.

 

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Bisexuals: Truths, Lies, and the Gray Areas

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What do you think of when you hear the word "bisexual"? How accurate is your perception? Is it really possible to be romantically attracted to more than one gender? Through active self-examination, this workshop will break down the elements of today's culture that promote inaccurate interpretations of people who "love without gender-boundaries. " We will explore the biases our perceptions create and will offer tools to deconstruct our biases by questioning our beliefs. The goal, ultimately, is to help you identify WHY you think what you think, and then reconsider whether it is accurate or founded on true experience/facts.

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Kerry Kozaczuk

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metaleyelash@gmail.com

www.metaleyelash.com

CT Stonewall Speakers

www.stonewallspeakers.org

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Kerry served as the board chairperson for the Connecticut Stonewall Speakers for three years, developing training curricula for LGBTQA speakers. She helped pioneer the PRIDE Employee Network Group at Pratt & Whitney, which fueled company inclusion of domestic partner benefits, medical coverage for transgender needs, and addition of "transgender" to the Equal Opportunity Employer statement. Kerry has a BA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Business Administration. Her work can be found at www.metaleyelash.com.

 

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Bullying: How a Community Can Combat Bullying and Bias

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This workshop will provide participants with ideas for how a community can stand up against bullying and bias. Community-wide events and school programs that can replace suspensions will be discussed in depth. A 20 minute student-made documentary on the subject of diversity awareness will be shown. We will also discuss ways for potential victims to respond to a bully so they do not become a target.

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Jennifer Ruoff

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JRuoff@optonline.net

Irvington Diversity Foundation

www.IrvingtonDF.org

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Jennifer Ruoff, LMSW, MS Ed provides counseling and support groups for families with children with special needs. She is a Special Education Advocate who helps parents navigate the special education system and find resources. Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Irvington Diversity Foundation Inc., an organization that helps create acceptance of diversity throughout the community and schools through promoting and funding student, teacher and administrator awareness and response programs.

 

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Coming Out - What's an Ally to Do?

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This workshop will explore the different ways we can be an ally to those of our friends who are in the process of coming out, or have come out in the past. How can we be supportive of our LGBTQ friends? How do we handle a situation when our friend is being mistreated or bullied? Through activities, skits and discussion we will explore the best ways to be an ally to LGBTQ friends and family.

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Honor Adams

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hadams@mspny.org

My Sister's Place

www.mspny.org

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Honor received her BA in Spanish and Women's Studies from SUNY New Paltz. She studied Spanish language and literature in Oviedo, Spain, focusing on women's roles in Spanish literature throughout Spain's history. She served as a court advocate for various domestic violence agencies, providing advocacy, counseling and outreach to clients. Honor has studied at the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, performing in over 50 plays throughout her career. She has been a guest speaker at various LGBTQ events and conferences, reaching high school and college students. Honor strongly believes that motivating youth to express themselves gives them the tools they need to become activists in their own communities.

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Rebecca Drago

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rdrago@mspny.org

My Sister's Place

www.mspny.org

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Rebecca received her BA in Environmental Studies and Gender Studies from Skidmore College. She has been working in the field of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis for a few years, as a hotline worker and client advocate. A social justice activist, Rebecca has spent significant time as a community organizer and trainer with various local and national youth environmental committees, including the Sierra Student Coalition. She has also been part of many LGBTQ organizations, feminist spaces and race relations groups. Rebecca is excited to be able to connect with youth on these issues and feels strongly that empowering young people to be activists is the key to widespread social justice.

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Sara Raab

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sraab@mspny.org

My Sister's Place

www.mspny.org

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Sara is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology. Throughout college, Sara worked as a feminist activist on issues such as sexuality education, reproductive justice, sexual assault, and LGBTQ inclusiveness. She interned with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Madras Council for Social Services in India. Sara is also a volunteer on the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network's Online Hotline, and a volunteer Advocate for survivors of sexual assault in hospitals through Victims Assistance Services. Sara has also worked as a residential counselor in My Sisters' Place's domestic violence shelters.

 

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Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower - How to Support LGBTQ Youth (Adults Only)

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This interactive workshop will examine issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide. The first half of the workshop will focus on what research shows regarding reducing the risk of suicide and promoting resiliency. After reviewing current research, there will be an emphasis on best practices and practical steps that service providers, educators, and others can take to promote a positive environment for all youth.

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Wes Nemenz

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wes.nemenz@thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project

www.thetrevorproject.org

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Wes Nemenz joined the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, with an extensive history of advocating, empowering, and supporting the LGBTQ community, including presenting hundreds of workshops and trainings on creating safer spaces for LGBTQ individuals in schools and professional environments, coordinating youth programs at LGBTQ community centers and developing social media strategies for non-profit organizations. Prior to moving to New York, Wes worked with Equality North Carolina on their campaign to successfully pass the School Violence Prevention Act, the South's first-ever LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill. Wes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Communication Studies and Public Relations. With a passion for social media, strategic communication, pop culture, comedy, writing, and performance, Wes brings a varied background of experiences to the table and is proud to be a voice for social change.

 

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Cool Comebacks for Anti-Gay Drama

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Ever wish you could make a gay basher just go away and leave you alone? This workshop will show how easy it can be to come up with cool reactions and snappy comebacks that make gay bashers look like they are trying way too hard. "Cool Comebacks for Anti-Gay Drama" is a workshop where participants learn how to deflect verbal attacks by developing their own verbal strategies in a group setting and engaging in role playing exercises designed to allow them to practice their skills in a safe environment. When targets know in advance how they're going to react it greatly increases their self-confidence, making them appear less vulnerable.

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Jackie Humans

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jackiehumans@me.com

www.jackiehumans.com

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For the past 7 years, Jackie has presented anti-bullying programs to students and parents across Long Island. She wrote 15 Ways to ZAP a Bully! because her daughter, who was bullied relentlessly in middle school, came up with a general strategy for taking the fun out of bullying for the bullies. Her ideas are the basis for this workshop.

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Nikki Lee

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savagery@me.com

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Nikki, who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. She was instrumental in the development of the techniques in this workshop, having come up with several effective bully-deflecting techniques after being relentlessly bullied in school. She also illustrated 15 Ways to ZAP a Bully!

 

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Crossing the Middle Ground - Motivating the Masses from Bystanders to Allies

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Come celebrate our commonalities in this highly interactive workshop and gain a deeper sense of camaraderie and connectedness with other conference participants. You will be deeply engaged in conversations about your individuality and uniqueness and how that actually benefits your ability to model ally behavior. Gain a deeper understanding of how perceptions and judgments create mistrust. Learn how to motivate your school to turn bystanders into allies.

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John Boiano

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jboiano@snet.net

Crossing The Middle Ground, LLC

www.crossingthemiddleground.com

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John is a dynamic motivational speaker, facilitator and community-activator who has a unique approach for working with small and large groups. He specializes in motivating people to become allies and building supportive peer-to-peer relationships. John's ability to break through the rhetoric while motivating participants to new levels of awareness and accountability is as creative and thought provoking as it is compassionate. He focuses on community-evolution and creating sustainable positive cultures beyond our fears and doubts.

 

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Drawing Connections: Exploring the Intersections of Gender, Race and Sexuality (Adults Only)

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This workshop, designed for all school personnel, explores the relationship and commonalities between gender, race and LGBTQ issues, with an emphasis on enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing LGBTQ issues in schools.

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Diane Schneider

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RocklandNY@chapters.glsen.org

Hudson Valley GLSEN

www.glsen.org/hudsonvalley

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Diane Schneider is a retired health teacher who is also a co-chair of GLSEN Hudson Valley. She was one of the original leaders who wrote the new New York State Health Curriculum. She currently is a trainer for the National Education Association where she works with staff on LGBTQ bully issues. She is also busy in the schools doing lessons to combat bullying.

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Diane Gonzalez

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clnrearth@aol.com

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Diane has been involved, for the past 21 years, in the planning and implementation of various school activities: Teen Scene, High School Peer Education Anti-Bullying Training, Multicultural Club, No Name-Calling Program, CANDLE liaison, anti-violence staff development training, Student Character Education Program, and School Tone Task Force. She is currently the chair of National Education Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee and a member of NY State United Teachers' Civil and Human Rights Committee.

 

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Educating Allies - Help Others to the Next Level!

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Jump into the role of being an ally in a fun, interactive workshop that uses social simulations to teach ally behavior. Social simulations are guided exercises that highlight aspects of naturally occurring behavior and social processes. Because of their participatory and improvisational/creative nature, they have potential to inform and recruit potential allies in a non-threatening manner. Participants will leave the workshop with tailored instruction on how to lead a variety of simulations and debriefings.

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Brad Forenza

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bradforenza@yahoo.com

Rutgers University

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Brad Forenza is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; his research focuses on social policy analysis, youth development, and community organizing. Brad started his career as an intern in the Office of (former) Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; for five subsequent years, he worked for a member of the New Jersey Legislature. In his free time, Brad enjoys writing and performing.

 

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Evening the Odds - Why Gamble?

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What happens when you find yourself in an awkward or dangerous situation? LGBTQ youth -- especially if they're not able to be out in their daily lives -- may find themselves in risky situations even more often than straight youth. This workshop will help you assess the risk level of different behaviors and offer strategies to reduce the risk. Find out FOR SURE what is more -- or less -- dangerous than you may think. All areas of safety will be addressed.

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Diane Schneider

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RocklandNY@chapters.glsen.org

Hudson Valley GLSEN

www.glsen.org/hudsonvalley

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Diane Schneider is a retired health teacher who is also a co-chair of GLSEN Hudson Valley. She was one of the original leaders who wrote the new New York State Health Curriculum. She currently is a trainer for the National Education Association where she works with staff on LGBTQ bully issues. She is also busy in the schools doing lessons on combating bullying.

 

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Evolving: Counseling LGBTQ Youth (Adults Only)

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The rule of thumb is: the longer a person lives in congruence with an authentic sense of self, the stronger, happier, and more resilient that person will be. This workshop will provide a developmental model that has implications for "coming out", counseling, and advocacy. The mantra is: be flexible. Illustrative stories will be shared and processed as time allows.

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Chip James

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chipjames@optonline.net

Clarkstown Central School District

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Chip James, LCSW, is a school social worker, educator, and psychotherapist based in Nyack, New York. He has been a trainer for CANDLE, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. Mr. James lectures extensively to teachers, health and mental health professionals, and in college and postgraduate professional training programs.

 

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First You Gotta FEEL It: Using Experiential Activities to Engage an Audience

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This interactive and experiential workshop is designed to engage both our hearts and minds. Research shows that when someone "feels" it first, the impact is stronger and more long-lasting. Come learn two activities that you can use in your own groups, schools, classrooms or organizations to increase understanding, bust myths and help create allies.

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Robin McHaelen

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director@ourtruecolors.org

True Colors, Hartford, CT

www.ourtruecolors.org

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Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She co-authored A Sexuality and Gender Diversity Training Program: Increasing the Competency of Mental Health Professionals (2011). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Provost's Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, the 2009 Tapestry Award, the 2008 National Education Association's Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and 2008 Social Worker of the Year.

 

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From Passion to Purpose - Fulfilling Your LGBTQ Life

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Too many choices in life? Not sure if you are making the right decisions about your future? Often the guidance you need is "hidden in plain sight." Drawing on ancient wisdom and research in the field of career development, this workshop shows you how you can use your passions, gifts, and dreams to find your life's path, where personal happiness and career success meet.

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James Porter

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jamesporter2@gmail.com

www.jamesmporter.com

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James Porter, MA, CPC, has helped young people navigate life's challenges and opportunities successfully for over 20 years as a counselor, Certified Professional Coach and creator of personal development programs for youth. His expertise in the area of passion and purpose give him a unique ability to guide young people toward meaningful lives that contribute to the world around them.

 

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Gender May Vary

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Begin learning about the wide, colorful world of gender diversity in this introductory workshop on what it means to be transgender-identified or gender-non-conforming- identified. We will cover basic terminology (what is "cisgender" anyway?), identify the differences among gender, sex, and sexual orientation (A female-to-male trans person who likes men?), and talk about how to be a respectful ally.

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Morgan Boecher

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morgan.boecher@gmail.com

Columbia University School of Social Work

www.whatsnormalanyway.net

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Morgan Boecher is a graduate student at Columbia University's School of Social Work, an active member of the transgender community, and creator of What's Normal Anyway?, a webcomic about being trans male, at www.whatsnormalanyway.net. His aim is to expand transgender media one silly comic at a time, thereby making the gender variant community more visible.

 

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GSA Advisors Roundtable: Advising Under DASA (Adults Only)

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Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors, it's time to take your expertise and put it to work! Share your successes, challenges and best practices with other GSA advisors and discover ways to lead your district in the implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

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J. R. Cehonski

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jcehonski@candlerockland.org

CANDLE - Youth Pride

www.candlerockland.org/youthpride

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J. R. Cehonski, MSW, is the Youth Pride Coordinator for CANDLE in Rockland County and organizes retreats for LGBTQ youth, including Common Threads, Queer Spirit Camp, and Change the World: A Young Queer Activists' Retreat. He feels privileged to be "professionally queer" - providing education, support and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the Hudson Valley. J. R. is very excited to be back at PrideWorks again to help you begin your understanding of all things queer.

 

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Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Student Roundtable (Students Only)

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How can your GSA become more visible in your school? How can you attract new members? Don't sit around waiting for the Day of Silence! Start growing your GSA today. Learn and share great ideas for effective and exciting meetings. Meet members of GSAs from other schools to exchange great ideas for fun activities and effective advocacy.

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J. R. Cehonski

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jcehonski@candlerockland.org

CANDLE - Youth Pride

www.candlerockland.org/youthpride

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J. R. Cehonski, MSW, is the Youth Pride Coordinator for CANDLE in Rockland County and organizes retreats for LGBTQ youth, including Common Threads, Queer Spirit Camp, and Change the World: A Young Queer Activists' Retreat. He feels privileged to be "professionally queer" - providing education, support and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the Hudson Valley. J. R. is very excited to be back at PrideWorks again to help you begin your understanding of all things queer.

 

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Healthy Relationships for LGBTQ Youth

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What makes a healthy relationship? Knowing yourself and feeling secure are the first and best steps on this path. Explore, learn, and share about dating, communication, and "the closet" in youth relationships.

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Anthony Marmo

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anthony.marmo@pphp.org

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic

www.pphp.org

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Anthony is the Education and Training Manager for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. He has been doing HIV/AIDS outreach and education work for over twenty years and has done sexuality/community education for over five. He was a special education teacher in NYC and also worked for Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, educating teens and adults around issues of diversity. He has created programs for young men in the Suffolk County probation system and conducts male involvement workshops. Anthony also does outreach on Smart Wheels, the PPHP mobile education van. He holds a BA in Sociology and dual New York State certification for Social Studies and Special Education.

 

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LGBTQ For Beginners - Understanding the Basics

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This introductory session is designed to help people learn the vocabulary, enhance their knowledge and correct any misconceptions that might exist by presenting an overview of the LGBTQ community. Once you are prepared with the facts, you can speak out with confidence!

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Alma Reyes Evans

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aevans@fsw.org

Family Services of Westchester

www.fsw.org

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Alma Reyes Evans is a social worker, artist and social justice activist. She has worked as a community educator alongside teen activists in the movements to end gender-based violence and all other forms of oppression. In 2011, she completed her Master's degree in Social Work with a focus on leadership and macro practice. Her current role as Program Coordinator of the Westchester County Youth Councils at Family Services of Westchester allows her to work closely with young leaders (ages 10-18) who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Alma is passionate about folks coming together in order to deepen understanding and strengthen our ability to advocate for LGBTQ rights. She is thrilled to be a part of PrideWorks 2012!

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Jess Katz

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Jkkatz95@aim.com

New Rochelle High School

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Jess is a senior at New Rochelle High School. Jess is on the Executive Committee of the NRHS GSA and has spent the last six months as a member of the PrideWorks Program Planning Committee. Jess has an interest in all things queer and is extremely pleased and excited to be presenting at PrideWorks!

 

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Native Spirit

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This workshop will focus on the Native American 'winkte' and 'berdache' traditions as the leader presents personal history and artifacts. Participants will be invited to "journey" inward to encounter a power animal in a traditional way using the sacred drum.

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Chip James

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chipjames@optonline.net

Clarkstown Central School District

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Chip James, LCSW, is a school social worker, educator, and psychotherapist based in Nyack, New York. He has been a trainer for CANDLE, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. Mr. James lectures extensively to teachers, health and mental health professionals, and in college and postgraduate professional training programs.

 

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Out Online: The Online World of LGBTQ Youth (Adults Only)

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Whether you are someone who uses the internet daily or someone who's never sent an email, you will leave this workshop with a better understanding of why and how today's LGBTQ youth are using online social networks designed with them in mind. From friends to dates to hookups, we'll discuss the highs and lows of this digital world.

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Jake Grinsted

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prideworks@jakeg.net

The Fresh Air Fund

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With over nine years of experience in the non-profit world and a lifetime spent using the latest gadgets and online services, Jake enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to bridge the gap between people and technology. Throughout his time at The Fresh Air Fund, one of New York City's foremost not-for-profits, Jake has taken countless opportunities to educate youth on the internet's advantages and dangers.

 

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Turning Your Gay Life into Performance Art

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Join us for an excerpt of a new one-man show from performance artist Dale Guy Madison. My Life in 3 Easy Payments is based on his memoir, DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC host & Other Greatest Hits. Dale uses storytelling, spoken word and video footage from his days as a television shopping host to take you through the ups and downs of being an OUT gay performer. Learn as Dale uses storytelling to create an interactive experience. Participants will learn how to use poetry, music and pop culture references to appeal to audiences from different generations and create a common bond that will inspire others.

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Dale Madison

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www.damngoodman.com

LA Gay and Lesbian Center

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Dale Guy Madison is an educator, writer, performance artist, filmmaker and former host for the QVC network. The Maryland State Arts Council recognized his one-man show, FREEda Slave: Mask of a Diva, which addressed issues of cross-dressing and intra-discrimination in the gay community. He received an Audre Lorde Scholarship in 2006 and completed his BA from Antioch University in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Change in 2010. Dale released his memoirs entitled, DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Greatest Hits. The film version received "Best LGBT Film" at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival. His latest book is an adult fairy tale, Sissy Sammy in the Land of WEHO 90069. It is the story of a feminine boy from the 'hood who, after a bullying incident, wakes up in an all-gay town.

 

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Understanding Power in Relationships

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Come join us and learn the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy LGBTQ relationships. An interactive activity will lead to an open discussion about whether certain relationship characteristics are healthy or unhealthy. You will learn how to spot the red flags and develop the skills necessary to leave an unhealthy relationship.

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JoLynn Backes

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jbackes@pnwwrc.org

Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center

www.pnwwrc.org

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JoLynn Backes, M. Ed., is no stranger to working toward a world free of violence. She began volunteering in 2002 as a rape crisis advocate in her native Chicago and has never looked back. She has worked as a Project Specialist at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is now at the Women's Resource Center as the Community Education/Volunteer Coordinator. JoLynn has experience working with students of all ages, from preschool through college.

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Ashley Retta

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aretta@pnwwrc.org

Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center

www.pnwwrc.org

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Ashley Retta has a BA in Sociology from Purchase College, State University of New York. She conducted extensive research on the relationship between LGBT youth and suicide risk and used this information for her senior thesis. Additionally, Ashley is the community educator and sexual assault advocate for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center, where she educates local communities about social issues such as dating violence, bullying, and sexual assault awareness.

 

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When Is the Bible a Word of Hope for Us LGBTQ People?

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Very loud religious voices want to claim the Bible as their justification for hatred and exclusion of LGBTQ people, in the church and in the world. We will acknowledge the short answer to the question "Is the Bible the word of death or a voice of hope?" We will explore first "the voice of hope" then briefly consider how some people with an anti-LGBT point of view take biblical passages out of context, ignore the ones that don't serve their purposes, and focus on the ones that support their prejudices. Finally, we will look at the few specific texts in light of biblical scholarship. Participants will give voice to their hopes. This presentation will equip participants with necessary resources to offer a welcoming, hopeful understanding of scripture to help LGBTQ people understand that scripture is not the oppressor; the Bible is not the problem.

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Alice O'Donovan

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revalice@aol.com

Westfield Congregational Church

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Ordained in 1988 in the United Church of Christ, Reverend O'Donovan has served churches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. She is a member of the UCC Coalition for Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender Concerns, and served a number of years as Moderator of the Coalition. She and her spouse have made their way together for more than 30 years, and raised Alice's children to adulthood. They share their home with a couple of dogs and a cat. Alice is also very interested in photography.

 

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Where Do We As People of Color Fit in the Rainbow?

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Workshop participants will learn about many of the complex issues involved in having an intersectional identity. Participants will hear from LGBTQ youth of color about their personal experiences, strengths, and challenges, and what they find helpful in terms of how to best support them. What does it mean to have more than one marginalized identity? What are some challenges this presents? How can people with differing identities relate to one another, despite their apparent differences? And how can these differences promote the cultivation of real relationships?

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Erica Cardwell

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ecardwell@hmi.org

Hetrick-Martin Institute

www.hmi.org

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Erica Cardwell is a queer romantic and writer. She is a believer in spiritual activism, sexual liberation, and ambiguous intention. At Hetrick-Martin, she facilitates a year-long leadership program for youth involved in the Kiki Ballroom Scene called the Stars of Change. In addition to this program, she is also the founder of the Women's Task Force, which is a safe space of woman-identified youth members.

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Alli Javors

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ajavors@hmi.org

Hetrick-Martin Institute

www.hmi.org

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Alli Javors, M. Ed., CAS, is a licensed school social worker who currently runs the College Prep program at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City. Prior to coming to HMI, Alli worked in two different public school counseling departments, a residential treatment center, and various community-based programs. She has advised a high school GSA, worked with youth who are questioning their gender identity and sexuality, and has attended numerous trainings on mental health, gender, sexuality, and education. Alli is incredibly excited to be a part of the 2012 PrideWorks conference.

 

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You're (almost) Out. Now What?

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This workshop will focus on our friendships and relationships during the process of coming out. Who do we tell, when do we do it and how do we tell them? How can we safely come out to friends and family who may not be supportive of our decisions? Will relationships and friendships change as we come out? Through discussion and role-play, we will explore the often tricky process of coming out, and how to navigate that within existing relationships.

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Honor Adams

hadams@mspny.org

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Honor received her BA in Spanish and Women's Studies from SUNY New Paltz. She studied Spanish language and literature in Oviedo, Spain, focusing on women's roles in Spanish literature throughout Spain's history. She served as a court advocate for various domestic violence agencies, providing advocacy, counseling and outreach to clients. Honor has studied at the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, performing in over 50 plays throughout her career. She has been a guest speaker at various LGBTQ events and conferences, reaching high school and college students. Honor strongly believes that motivating youth to express themselves gives them the tools they need to become activists in their own communities.

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Rebecca Drago

rdrago@mspny.org

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Rebecca received her BA in Environmental Studies and Gender Studies from Skidmore College. She has been working in the field of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis for a few years, as a hotline worker and client advocate. A social justice activist, Rebecca has spent significant time as a community organizer and trainer with various local and national youth environmental committees, including the Sierra Student Coalition. She has also been part of many LGBTQ organizations, feminist spaces and race relations groups. Rebecca is excited to be able to connect with youth on these issues and feels strongly that empowering young people to be activists is the key to widespread social justice.

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Sara Raab

sraab@mspny.org

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Sara is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology. Throughout her college career, Sara worked as a feminist activist on issues such as sexuality education, reproductive justice, sexual assault, and LGBTQ inclusiveness. She interned with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as the Madras Council for Social Services in Chennai, India. Sara is also a volunteer on the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network's Online Hotline, and a volunteer Hospital Advocate for survivors of sexual assault in Westchester hospitals through Victims Assistance Services. Sara has also worked as a residential counselor in My Sisters' Place's domestic violence shelters.